A huge thanks to Jane Kreisworth Arochas and Vineland High teacher Lindsay Thies for activating the BookSmiles Vineland City branch. VHS students sourced, sorted, and distributed over 1000 books to elementary students at Dippolito Elementary.
Vineland taking care of its own! Nothing better. This is the BookSmiles model at work. We harness the MIGHTY POWER of students and educators to ensure that ALL STUDENTS in our districts are able to build massive personal libraries.
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Caitlyn Ott, a 7th Grade student at Glen Landing Middle School, knocked it out of the park by coordinating a drive that gathered 5,807 gently used children's books! AMAZING! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Caitlyn loves books and helping others. With the help of several groups and organizations, Caitlyn was able to make the largest single donation BookSmiles has received. Throughout November, many students at Glen Landing Middle School, the members of The Women’s Club of Broadmoor, Girl Scout Troop #30348, students at St. Charles Borromeo Parish & Religious Education Program Sicklerville, New Jersey, as well as friends and family helped to donate 5,807 gently used & new books to BookSmiles.
Caitlyn hopes to continue these efforts with more book drives in the future.
We at BookSmiles are delighted to establish a collection station at Haddonfield Middle School! This is a town where it's not unusual to for children to have personal libraries consisting of hundreds of books. When they outgrow their baby books, picture books, early chapter books and tween books, BookSmiles will be there to collect and distribute them to children in underserved communities all over South Jersey.
We're thrilled that some extraordinary teachers in Glassboro, NJ have planted BookSmiles in their district. Thomas E. Bowe Elementary is up and running! In less than a month, teachers sourced several hundred books and distributed them to children who want a home library.
BookSmiles augments what Scholastic does with its book fairs. We feel that money should NOT get in the way of a child wanting their own books.
Books should be shared, particularly those forgotten in bins and storage, and those collecting dust on shelves. Booksmiles harnesses powerful networks of teachers committed to putting books into the hands and homes of children in their district. We take care of our own!
A big thanks to Renee, Amy, and Mary, along with the rest of the Glassboro team!
Say hello to Melissa Damiani, a student-teacher at Stetser Elementary School in Cheser, PA and a senior at Widener University. Melissa saw last summer that her assigned school didn't have a library, and she decided to do something about it.
She contacted BookSmiles for donations and initiated a drive in Washington Township where she went to school. Pitman pitched in as well. Her friend built some shelves, and here you see a library, featuring several hundred books, for kids at Stetser!
Amazing job, Melissa!
We are thrilled to have Renee Seabrook Hart, a basic skills teacher at Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School, establish a BookSmiles branch in Glassboro, New Jersey! She is partnering with Mary Aruffo, a talented teacher I met over the summer. Since they started a few weeks ago, Team Glassboro has sourced nearly 1,000 books, and every elementary school in town is a collection station.
Teachers like Renee and Mary are powerful agents who will spread literacy by inspiring others to harvest millions of books throughout New Jersey. Teachers and students will put books into the hands and homes of hundreds of thousands of children and babies.
Here are pics of Glassboro High senior Nimra Younas sorting, Renee and me posing at Camden County's International Day, and Renee speaking at on behalf of BookSmiles at the NJEA.
We were so excited to distribute over 500 books when Lindenwold High School collaborated with Bethany Baptist Church to supply turkeys and fixings to those in need.
BookSmiles' power comes from being embedded in the schools, activating students and teachers to collect, sort, and distribute books to the babies and kids in the districts we serve.
Spanish and Spanish/English books are in very high demand by ESL teachers. These books are lures that get many Spanish-speaking parents reading to their kids. WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH.
We are grateful to have a partner like the Camden County Pop Up Library that provided us with a case of Spanish children's books. I was able to pass several along to Tangika Rouse, an elementary school teacher at Winslow's School #1 whom I had met at the NJEA Convention.
Take a close look at the titles we're holding. Please donate so that we can purchase more.
How thrilling to have presented BookSmiles at the 2018 NJEA convention with Renee Seabrook Hart and Jane Arochas, two teachers respectively starting branches in the Glassboro and Vineland school districts. The beauty of BookSmiles is that our model is easy to replicate among staff and students in underserved districts. I can attest that Lindenwold has sourced over 84,000 books since we started in September 2017
Once BookSmiles gets embedded into a Title 1 district (60 % free/reduced lunch or greater), students will no longer feel badly if they can't afford books at Scholastic Fairs. Most of our books are like new! BookSmiles enables families to build 100-book personal libraries for their children at no cost.
A couple dozen teachers were thankful to take home sets of popular titles (Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Junie B. Jones, Dear Dumb Diary, etc.) put together by our own Jim Ward.
Last Thursday, Lindenwold High School freshmen distributed books to the little ones across the street as Elementary School #4 let out. They helped put 900 books into the hands of 500 children and parents in 20 minutes!
BookSmiles is all about helping families build personal libraries for their babies and children, many of whom don't get the chance to select books at Barnes and Noble or Scholastic Book fairs.
Thank you for helping spread literacy through book donations and financial contributions. Check out the video to feel the EXCITEMENT!